A Loyal Spy

A Loyal Spy

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WINNER OF THE IAN FLEMING STEEL DAGGER AWARD 2010 FOR BEST THRILLER OF THE YEAR!The last time Jonah saw Nor ed-Din, he was lying face down in a pool of black water in the Khyber Pass. For many years, Jonah had been under the impression that he'd killed him there.How far can loyalty be stretched before it reaches a limit? Millions of lives depend on the answer, as a twisting road of betrayal and revenge leads from the mountains of Afghanistan to the heart of London . . . and a ticking bomb.show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 432 pages
  • 124 x 196 x 30mm | 281.23g
  • Hodder & Stoughton General Division
  • Hodder Paperback
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • 0340839686
  • 9780340839683
  • 279,614

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Cruel, violent and lyrical, it's Iain Banks meeting Alan Warner in Tom Clancy's missile silo. Excellent. * Select on DAMAGED * A debut novel to rival The Beach. * Publishing News on DAMAGED * Good background, with an on-the-nail summary of Northern Ireland wheeling and dealing . . . and a wild Celtic streak that marks Conway as one to watch. * Guardian on DAMAGED * Imagine John le Carre on bad acid - edgy, twisted and very, very dark. * Howard Marks on DAMAGED * Debut of a roaring and prodigal talent ... Not so much a novel as a life experience. Don't miss it. * Literary Review on DAMAGED * Conway writes with brutal immediacy, his mordant irony resonating uncomfortably even as it entertains...Grim, kinetic thriller set against an unconventional and inspired backdrop * Kirkus Reviews on RAGE * In a word: Great * The Herald Sun on RAGE * A dizzying journey starring international terrorists, Uday Hussein, freelance salvage merchants and a container full of suffocated Kuwaiti businessmen. Authoritative and authentic . . .;a thriller that manages to balance adrenaline with intelligence. * Scotland on Sunday on RAGE * [a] gripping thriller * Books Quarterly (Waterstone's) * Tautly written and cleverly plotted, with well-drawn characters, vivid scenes and nail-biting passages, this is thrilling fiction that is unnervingly believable. * Choice magazine * Simon Conway takes you to the world's most chaotic and dangerous places - and does it with the raw descriptive power of someone who's been there and done that * Mark Urban, author of Rifles and Big Boys' Rules * Alarmingly current, alarmingly possible. This is a book that captures the new world of asymmetric warfare and yet sustains the narrative and tension of the very best of the thriller genre. A LOYAL SPY is so vivid, so real, that reading it you sense Simon Conway must almost have lived it himself. * Jon Snow, Channel 4 newscaster * A LOYAL SPY has incredibly well drawn characters, evocative descriptive passages, and a superbly balanced narrative structure - the twists are unexpected but convincing and the final extended sequence is truly nail-biting. Terrific! * Misha Glenny, author of McMafia * . . . impressive for the wealth of authentic detail . . . and the intricate architecture of its story . . . a compelling and very enjoyable British spy novel which offers some fascinating insights into the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. * Canberra Times * A Loyal Spy is full of the elements that make a thriller such a joy. Simon has a huge amount of knowledge of that part of the world, he has a facility for believable scenes, for convoluted plotting that would confuse le Carre, and a marvellous range of characters. * Shots magazine * accuracy seeps out of every page * Daily Mail * Simon Conway boldly illustrates the anarchy of "asymmetric warfare" by adopting a shapeless plotline . . . our reward for grasping the complexities is an enhanced sense of the authenticity of Conway's personal experience and a conventionally stonking action climax. * The Telegraph * Complex and detailed . . . Conway has concocted a credible, and wholly cynical, tale of dirt, death and double-dealing, of deracine anti-heroes for whom perpetual conflict has become both lifeblood and poison. * The Times * A thumping read that joins the dots in the War on Terror. Conway writes with passion and authority on the murky forces unleashed after 9/11. * Tim Butcher, author of Sunday Times No1 Bestseller Blood River - A Journey To Africa's Broken Heart * Another well-earned award - the Steel Dagger went to Simon Conway's A Loyal Spy. Thrillers that straddle the globe and have millions of lives at stake are standard issue in the genre. But this one does it differently. It's sprawling, violent and contemporary, with whiffs of authenticity that lift it above the crowd. * Spectator *show more

About Simon Conway

Simon Conway was born in California, educated in Britain and studied English Literature at the University of Edinburgh. He served in the British army with the Black Watch and the Queen's Own Highlanders.After leaving the military he worked for The HALO Trust clearing land mines and unexploded ordnance in Cambodia, Kosovo, Abkhazia, Eritrea and Sri Lanka. As Director of Landmine Action he ran projects in Western Sahara and Guinea Bissau as well as successfully campaigning for an international treaty to ban cluster bombs. He now lives in Washington, DC.show more

Review Text

Another well-earned award - the Steel Dagger went to Simon Conway's A Loyal Spy. Thrillers that straddle the globe and have millions of lives at stake are standard issue in the genre. But this one does it differently. It's sprawling, violent and contemporary, with whiffs of authenticity that lift it above the crowd. Spectatorshow more

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107 ratings
3.47 out of 5 stars
5 17% (18)
4 29% (31)
3 41% (44)
2 11% (12)
1 2% (2)
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